Australian News and Analysis

Abbott’s dodgy Green Army

Abbott’s dodgy Green Army

Australian News and Analysis September 11, 2014 at 10:48 am

The Abbott government rolled out the ‘Green Army Initiative’ last month. A so-called ‘environmental action’ program where young people sign up to earn slightly higher than they would get from Newstart or Youth Allowance. Workers between 17 and 24 work up to 30 hours a week and are paid about [...]

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Metadata retention a major breach of privacy

Metadata retention a major breach of privacy

Australian News and Analysis September 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

The Abbott government has a plan to force telecommunication companies to store the internet and phone logs of customers for up to two years. Law-enforcement and spy agencies would be provided with warrantless access to the information. By Tim Tran, Socialist Party The policy was announced as part of a [...]

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Enviro activist avoids jail

Enviro activist avoids jail

Australian News and Analysis September 5, 2014 at 12:02 pm

In January of last year, environmental activist Jonathan Moylan distributed a fake media release stating that the ANZ Bank was revoking a loan facility for Whitehaven’s Maules Creek coal mine in the Leard State Forest in northwest NSW. By Matt Myers, Socialist Party This successful prank immediately caused a sell-off [...]

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Behind Clive Palmer’s populism

Behind Clive Palmer’s populism

Australian News and Analysis September 2, 2014 at 10:56 am

In less than a year the Palmer United Party (PUP) has become a minor force in federal politics, and a thorn in the side of the Abbott Government. Set up by the billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer, the PUP received 5.5% of the vote at last year’s federal election. By [...]

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Cracking Abbott’s Construction Code

Cracking Abbott’s Construction Code

Australian News and Analysis August 26, 2014 at 10:16 am

The Senate will soon vote on a raft of amendments to the Fair Work Act. These amendments include the Building and Construction (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code. By Simon Millar, Socialist Party If passed, the Code will be retrospective. This means it will be back dated to April 24th [...]

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Abbott’s kangaroo court

Abbott’s kangaroo court

Australian News and Analysis August 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

The Royal Commission into trade union corruption commenced hearings in mid-April. The government claims the Commission has been set up to weed out corruption but it is clearly a witch hunt designed to undermine the effectiveness of trade unions. By Socialist Party reporters The true motivations of the Commission have [...]

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New anti-protest laws in Tasmania

New anti-protest laws in Tasmania

Australian News and Analysis August 21, 2014 at 10:21 am

New anti-protest laws were passed through the Tasmanian Lower House on June 26. These laws will allow the police to arrest anyone who ‘interrupts a business’ that provides employment and wealth generation to Tasmania. This includes government run and owned facilities. By Nathan Warne Interrupting a business has been worded [...]

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Abbott sends refugees back to their oppressors

Abbott sends refugees back to their oppressors

Australian News and Analysis August 21, 2014 at 10:14 am

The reality of the Abbott government’s brutal refugee policy has been brought to the fore once again. Last month, 41 Tamil asylum seekers were handed back to the Sri Lankan navy after their boat was intercepted at sea. By Tim Tran, Socialist Party These people are now in the hands [...]

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Cuts facing the ABC

Cuts facing the ABC

Australian News and Analysis August 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm

The night before he was elected, Tony Abbott promised “no cuts to the ABC or SBS.” Now, months after announcing a $44 million funding cut to the ABC in the budget, the government has commissioned a review, with the help of ex-Seven West Media Limited CFO Peter Lewis, to examine [...]

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Commonwealth Bank fraud exposes financial system

Commonwealth Bank fraud exposes financial system

Australian News and Analysis August 19, 2014 at 1:49 pm

A Senate inquiry has found that Commonwealth Bank financial planners have engaged in fraud, forgery, and predatory and misleading practices since 2003. This resulted in massive losses for thousands of customers including people’s life savings and homes. By Kirk Leonard, Socialist Party Continuing revelations point towards a deeper level of [...]

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